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The ride skill mentions that a creature ill-suited to be a mount imposes a -5 penalty to any ride checks while riding it, but what about the rider's suitability to ride a creature?

For example, what if a bariaur (a medium sized centaur-like being from the Planar Handbook p7-8) wanted to ride a horse or dragon? Would it have the listed penalties, no penalties, or even other penalties?

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Well, "a creature ill-suited to be a mount imposes a -5 penalty to any ride checks while riding it".

A creature can be ill-suited for any number of reasons including the size/shape of the rider.

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    \$\begingroup\$ @Jason_c_o Yep, and Dale is saying that a horse is unsuited to be a bariaur's mount, even if it's suited for being a human's mount. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Jun 8 '17 at 2:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ Are you saying that either "...ill-suited to be a mount [for you] imposes..." or "...ill-suited to be [your] mount imposes..." are implied? Or are you just saying that the clause is generic enough that an untrained mount, a poorly shaped mount, and a frail mount all count as 'ill suited'? Not arguing/detracting, just clarifying. \$\endgroup\$ – Chemus Jun 8 '17 at 2:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ This begs the question: If I wanted to ride a squirrel, would it still be only a -5? XD EDIT This actually has an answer: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/56217/… \$\endgroup\$ – Jason_c_o Jun 8 '17 at 3:48

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